Outdoor Kitchen: Fun In The Sun

Entertaining is a breeze in this low-maintenance outdoor haven

With a passion for entertaining, the owners sought the professional help of BKV Paving & New Landscapes to bring their vision of a low-maintenance, relaxing backyard landscape to life. The catch was they only had a week from the day work commenced to have the garden completed. The deadline? Christmas Day! BKV Paving & New Landscapes took on the project with energy and a host of reliable contractors, adhering to the schedule and exceeding the client’s expectations with a remarkable result.

A pool had already been installed, but BKV was given creative control of all the remaining areas with a brief to include areas for relaxation, entertaining and children’s play. After meeting with the owners and talking through their family’s needs, BKV developed a design that made best use of the space and was the perfect complement to the house and the existing pool.
The busy family has little time for garden maintenance, so an easy-care layout was devised to ensure the family spends plenty of time enjoying their new space. Contemporary in style, the garden has an energetic vibe during the day and an intimate and tranquil ambience once night falls.

A pizza oven is conveniently located in the entertaining area, ready to tackle any-size get-together and becoming a culinary talking point when guests visit. A water feature was a lovely addition to this landscape. Not only does it provide a place of respite and a focal point, it helps to block out any unwanted noise from the street or the neighbours. A daybed, which incorporates an existing fig tree, is situated nearby to take best advantage of this feature, and is a wonderful place to curl up with a good book on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The paving — 400mm × 400mm from UrbanStone — proved a great way to create an outdoor room feel in this zone.

Low-maintenance plants were chosen for the landscape, including murrayas, which were planted in the garden beds to contrast the charcoal wall and to provide a floral focal point when the white blooms burst forth. Retaining walls were used for the garden beds, elevating the space and adding to the contemporary look both the owners and the designer were trying to accomplish.

With so many fabulous areas to use when friends and family come to visit, the owners now have the ultimate entertaining space. One they will continue to use and enjoy well into the future.

Project details
Landscape design and construction by BKV Paving & New Landscapes
16 Redward Avenue, Greenacres SA 5086
Mobile 0438 060 070
Email bkvpaving@optusnet.com.au
Website www.bkv.com.au
Photography by Sarah Long

Article published with the permission of Universal Magazines Complete Home

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